Geraint Thomas has hinted he would favor to focus on a second consecutive Tour de France in 2019 slightly than trip the Giro d’Italia, even when that may arrange one other management conflict with staff Chris Froome, who’s eager to focus on a record-equalling fifth Tour de France victory.
Thomas was voted the BBC Cymru Wales Sports activities Persona of the 12 months on Tuesday. He’s again in coaching after lengthy celebrating and savouring his Tour de France victory, and can quickly head to Crew Sky‘s first winter coaching camp in Mallorca the place the British staff is predicted to debate and resolve their main objectives and staff leaders for 2019.
Froome gained the 2018 Giro d’Italia however needs to hitch Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as a five-time Tour de France winner slightly than defend his maglia rosa.
Thomas crashed out of the Giro d’Italia in 2017 however now needs to pursue a second yellow jersey on the Tour de France.
“I undoubtedly really feel there’s unfinished enterprise there [at the Giro d’Italia] however subsequent 12 months is perhaps the incorrect time,” Thomas advised BBC Wales.
“Being there [at the Tour] with primary on my again, it might be a disgrace to know I would not be at my greatest, so I am undoubtedly leaning extra in the direction of that.
“However I simply want to take a seat down with Tim [Kerrison – Team Sky coach] over the subsequent few weeks and nail down a plan.”
That want may put him on a collision course with Froome for management at Crew Sky subsequent July, however like this 12 months, Thomas is satisfied the 2 can discover a gentleman’s settlement which means the street and the racing will resolve who maybe pulls on the yellow jersey in Paris subsequent July. Thomas appears to fancy his possibilities after proving his Grand Tour potential this 12 months.
“I am unsure but when we each wished to go to the Tour 100%, so long as we each trip like we did this 12 months, we will each do rather well,” Thomas mentioned.
“So long as we do not race in opposition to one another, we each have our ambitions and that works effectively in coaching as a result of we each push one another.
“Clearly Froomey needs to return to the Tour and win his fifth, which might be a file.”
Thomas lastly obtained again into coaching after the Shanghai Tour de France criterium and a promotional tour in Britain to advertise his e-book. Again within the south of France, Thomas has posted a number of pictures of coaching rides with Crew Sky teammates and different riders based mostly within the space.
BBC Wales instructed Thomas will head to Los Angeles over the New 12 months for a private coaching camp earlier than returning to Wales for a particular public occasion on stage in Cardiff known as “Geraint Thomas: Welsh Legend.”
He’s anticipated to make his race debut in February, maybe with an intense block of early racing to get again up to the mark. “I have been again coaching two weeks now and I am beginning to really feel like a motorcycle rider once more,” Thomas mentioned.
“The primary week was robust going however it’s good to be again in a single place, a little bit of routine and again on the regime with the food regimen. I am about three weeks behind everybody for the time being so it’s kind of of a grind however I am certain we’ll get there.”